We suppose it was bound to happen sometime. Proof (Free) is — ahem — proof that social drinking games can elegantly make the transition from card table to tablet. Optimized for the iPad, Proof is a web app that takes players on a virtual tour of Scotland through the tasty — and tipsy-ing — world of single malt scotches, requiring each player to provide tasting notes while learning about the regions where they come from. Sounds like a great way to spend a cold, dreary Friday night.
Create your own effects-laden masterpiece right on your iPhone with Action Movie FX (Free). Developed by the talented folks at Bad Robot, this iOS app — yup, it works on iPads and iPod touches too — adds Hollywood-style visuals to your otherwise mundane videos, complete with sounds from Skywalker Sound and all the lens flares you'd expect from a J.J. Abrams joint. Oh, and watch out for those In-App purchases. We hear they're addicting.
Whether you write novels, take notes, or make grocery lists, the modern writer needs an app that just gets out of the way and makes writing less painful and more fun. After getting tired of the numbing options available, one Uncrate editor decided to just build the thing himself. Scribe ($3), a universal app for the iPad and iPhone, gives you a clutter-free writing environment, with an awesome monospaced font, and super-easy HTML support to brainlessly markup your prose for web stuff. Oh, and it syncs with Dropbox and iCloud too. It's what we use to write Uncrate when we go iPad-only on the road. Plus, there's at least a 93% chance you're getting an iPad on Sunday. So Scribe will be right here, waiting on you.
We'll be the first to admit that the idea of signing up for yet another social network sounds about as fun as a dinner date with a dead man, but Stamped (Free) might just be cool enough to make it worthwhile. The idea is that you put your stamp of approval on, well, just about anything — books, restaurants, music, games, movies, and more — and share your stamps with your friends, who likewise share their stamps with you. The nice part about the whole thing is that there are no 1-5 star reviews or anything like that. You simply stamp something you totally love (so they're all basically 5-star recommendations), and you're initially limited to 100 stamps. So you can't go on a crazy stamping spree, recommending every single one of your Usher remixes.
If you haven't noticed — especially this week — we love our cars here at Uncrate HQ. Road Inc. ($10) lets us sate our interests using nothing but our iPads by offering up museum-quality tours of 50 amazing autos, including 3D tours, over 70 videos, 350 photos, and 3,000 archival documents like brochures, blueprints, ads, and articles, more than 100 engine noises, in-depth essays, and easy sharing features. With additional features and models on their way, it's prime coffee table entertainment for car buffs.